Pioneering in the Congo by William Holman Bentley

William Holman Bentley [1855-1905], Pioneering on the Congo, 2 Vols.

William Holman Bentley was one of the first missionaries to serve with the Baptist Missionary Society in the Congo. He worked on a Dictionary and Grammar of the Kongo Language (published in 1887, butstill in use today) and translated the New Testament and portions of the New Testament. My thanks to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for making a set of these copiously illustrated public domain books available for digitisation. The number of pictures explains the larger than usual size of the files.

William Holman Bentley [1855-1905], Pioneering on the Congo, 2 Vols. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1900. Hbk. pp.478+448. [Click to visit the download page for this title]

Contents – Volume 1

  • Preface
  1. Ancient History: 1484-1670
  2. The Old Slaving Days: 1670-1877
  3. The Inception of the Mission: 1877-8
  4. Congo-wards: 1879
  5. The Establistment of the Mission: 1879
  6. Developments at San Salvador and Explorations Therefore: 1879-80
  7. The Congo Basin and its Inhabitants; The Kongo Language
  8. Religion: The Knowledge of God, and Fetishism
  9. The Opposition Outflanked; Stanley Pool reached: 1881
  10. Development of the New Route to the Upper River: 1881-2

Contents – Volume 2

  1. The Transport of the Peace to Stanley Pool: 1883
  2. Exploration of the Upper River: 1884-6
  3. New Stations on the Upper River: 1886-90
  4. Progress on the Upper River: 1890-9
  5. Development in the Cataract Region: 1887-99
  6. Other Missions on the Congo
  7. The Government of the Congo Free State


  • Congo Missionaries
  • The Lord’s Prayer in Eight of the Kongo Languages and Dialects
  • Malarial Fever, its Genesis and Effect
  • Index

Future of Africa: A Missions Textbook by Donald Fraser

Religions of Africa, circa 1911
Religions of Africa, circa 1911

This text-book is the fifth in a series of textbooks issued conjointly by the leading rnissionary societies in Great Britain for the use of Study Circles. Like its predecessors, “The Uplift of China,” “The Desire of India,” “The Reproach of Islam,” and “The Decisive Hour of Christian Missions,” the book has been written and edited with its special purpose in view. It is designed primarily for the use of those who study it chapter by chapter and meet periodically in Study Circles for discussion.

Editorial Note, page iii.

Donald Fraser, noted missionary to Malawi, discusses mission work among the pagan races of Central and South Africa. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Donald Fraser [1870-1933], The Future of Africa. London: United Council for Missionary Education, [1911]. Hbk. pp.293. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Editorial Note
  • Author’s Preface
  1. Early Discovery
  2. The Opening Up of Pagan Africa
  3. The Hand of Europe in Africa
  4. The Conditions Revealed
  5. The Hand of the Church in Africa
  6. Results of Mission Work
  7. The Needs of Pagan Africa
  8. The Church’s Task
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Chapter 1: Early Discovery

From time immemorial Africa has held its fascination or the race. Greece embodied Africa in myth; Rome sent her legions thither in lust of conquest; Gaul sent her traders in search of barter and commerce; in North Africa there were reared some of the earliest leaders and saints of the Christian Church. Looking down the early centuries we search vainly, however, for further records of Africa than dim hints of futile attempts to cross her sealed threshold The spent waves of past humanity seem but to have swept to her edge, and then to have broken and retreated with the tide.

If we turn from yesterday to to-day, what have we? Africa-but yesterday chiefly a name and a by-word, to-day assuming rank as a great world force, covered with an advancing network of civilisation, a region of illimitable possibilities. The causes that have furthered this development, the purpose that underlies it, the responsibility the Christian world bears towards its furtherance, such questions constitute the theme of this book.
Africa of to-day presents a complex picture. In area, a “vast ill-formed triangle,” the continent covers eleven and a half million miles in space. Each side of the triangle is pierced by a mighty river; on the north the Nile, on the west the Congo, on the east the Zambesi. An African traveller has roughly classified the great continent thus: North Africa where men go for health, South Africa where they go for wealth, Central Africa where, they go for adventure. Its population of about one hundred and sixty millions seems enormous. Yet, in comparison to the area it is small, and computed at fifteen to the square mile. Its races are innumerable; its dialects a vast confusion. The climate of Africa is modified by its elevation above the sea-level, but two-thirds of the continent lies within the tropics. The religions of Africa may be unequally divided under three heads: Christianity, Mohammedanism, and Paganism. Africa’s territorial divisions are, in the main, a matter of recent history. Eight million square miles of its area are partitioned amongst the various European powers.

To Britain the appeal of Africa is specially strong. Pioneers, missionaries, traders, travellers, soldiers, civil servants, serried rank upon serried rank have flowed out from this tiny island kingdom, many of them to live and die for that far country. For all types of men, Africa holds an abiding fascination. The student, the trader, the hunter, the philanthropist, firstly and lastly the evangelist, each and all have felt it, and in each case it differs. The riddle of the human race, its origin and development, the greed of gain, the desire for sport and adventure, the love of fellowmen, the sense of the mysterious awful responsibility of millions of souls still ignorant of Christ. All this is embodied in Africa and has its significance for the readers of her story….

Pages 1-4.

Robert and Louisa Stewart, Missionaries to China

Mary E. Watson, Robert and Louisa Watson. In Life and Death.

Robert & Louisa Stewart served in China’s Fujian province with the Church Missionary Society (C.M.S.), where they developed a number of innovative evangelistic techniques.

… Using Christian materials as a major part of the curriculum in day schools for boys and girls, education became their major means for establishing indigenous churches. The employment of single women missionaries to open many inland stations was another distinctive strategy. In addition, Louisa was a pioneer in training mature Christian women to become indigenous missionaries called “Bible women.” Convinced that illiterate women could be taught to read more quickly through a romanized colloquial text. Louisa was also a major figure in the translation and publication of the romanized New Testament in the Fuzhou dialect.

Lauren Pfister, “Stewart, Louisa,” Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions, page.908

My thanks to Redcliffe College for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

Mary E. Watson, Robert and Louisa Stewart. In Life and Death. London: Marshall Brothers, 1895. Hbk. pp.243. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Preface
  1. Some Reminiscences of Robert Stewart
  2. Ambassadors For Christ
  3. The Whirlwind
  4. The Joyful Sound
  5. Native Boys and Girls at School
  6. Christ Magnified
  7. “Possessions”
  8. Hands Clasped
  9. Strong Consolation
  10. “Called, and Chosen, and Faithful

Chapter 2: Ambassadors For Christ

Various proposals have been made as to writing a Life of Robert and Louisa Stewart; but they have all been declined.

Lives so truly lived in secret with God are not easy to record. And even if the attempt were successfully made, is there not a danger of exalting the human and losing sight of the fact that ” all things are of God?”

It has been thought, therefore, that it is sufficient for God’s glory, to print some letters lately received, and supply a few details of the earlier times. Their letters were not kept, at Mr. Stewart’s earnest request.

Feeling that anything too personal would have been repugnant to the feelings of our dear brother and sister, we refrain from writing their biographies; but we know their wish would be that we should write and print anything that would awaken love and sympathy for China and the Chinese-anything that would show the friends who have helped through prayer and by their gifts that the need now is not less, but greater. Their voices seem to plead with us from the glory, “Fill up the ranks.” Who will be baptized for the dead?

They went out to Foochow in September, 1876, just after their marriage.
Learning the language was of course the first work.

Then Mr. Stewart was given charge of the school for native catechists belonging to the Church Missionary Society.

Mrs. Stewart, after a time, opened a school to train native Bible-women.
The money to build it was given by personal friends.

Then came the pressing need of English ladies to teach and superintend their Chinese sisters.

After eight years abroad Mr. and Mrs. Stewart came home, and the matter was taken up by the C.E.Z.M.S., who agreed to send ladies to China, arranging that the funds for India and China should be kept separate.

The all-absorbing thought was, “How can the Gospel be preached to this generation of the Chinese?” And visions rose of devoted English ladies residing in every one of the many cities of the Fuhkien province, superintending hundreds of native Bible-women.

Pages 17-18.

Life Story of Isobel Kuhn – Carolyn Canfield

Carolyn Canfield, One Vision Only. A Biography of Isobel Kuhn

Isobel Kuhn and her husband were Canadian missionaries with the China Inland Mission. They worked among the Lisu People in Southwestern China and in Thailand after the Communist revolution. Her eight books were very influential amongst evangelicals in the 1950s.

This standard biography of Isobel Kuhn is still in copyright and I am grateful to OMF International (UK) for their kind permission to digitise and host the book online. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this book available for scanning.

Carolyn Canfield, One Vision Only. A Biography of Isobel Kuhn. London: China Inland Mission, [1959]. Hbk. pp.189. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Prologue: High in Her Mountains

Part One: The Vision Sighted

  1. Daddy’s Girl
  2. All in a Whirl
  3. A New Look
  4. Bound by a Love Chain
  5. Black and White Pen Sketch
  6. Outstanding Girl
  7. Across the Wide Ocean

Part Two: The Vision Pursued (autobiographical)

  1. Anticipation
  2. Getting Married is not a Private Affair After All
  3. Our First Home—What Comes First?
  4. How to Develop a Taste for Beancurd
  5. His Wonderful Cook—as Viewed by Her
  6. Speech Seasoned with Salt
  7. When We Became Parents
  8. The Unwanted Assignment
  9. Beginnings at Yungping
  10. The Forgotten Cloak
  11. A Hard Day
  12. A Glimpse of Storybook Land
  13. A Parting that did not Part
  14. The trhing with the Stuff in It
  15. Furlough without Baggage (1936)
  16. Home Town
  17. The Ticklish Vision

Part Three: The Vision Realised

  1. Pen of a Ready Writer
  2. Experiences, Full-orbed
  3. Pressing on
  4. Always a Missionary
  5. Over the Back Wall
  6. With Purpose of Heart
  7. The Ruling Thing
  8. Confident
  9. In Christ’s Company

About This Book

“You’re not going to attach wings to her, are you?” This question, in substance, has confronted me several times as I have been writing Isobel Kuhn’s biography.

No! No wings.

Her own frank pen reveals her fallibility.

But here anyone may also see the development of an extraordinary character. It was only in her own eyes that she was the usual sort. Others saw in her the sparkle of her two Irish grandmothers, the personal charm of her irrepressible father, the gifts of an actress, and graces of a society girl.

She was a school teacher in Vancouver, when she chose to give God first place in her affections. Then all the drive and stamina that had been pushing her toward a successful career projected her instead into the oblivion of the wild mountains of south-west China.

When she “buried herself” as a missionary, doubtless many a voice protested that she was throwing her life away. But how could anyone then foresee how remarkably she would demonstrate one of Christ’s greatest paradoxes? “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow mt, For wlwsoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it.”

So this is the story of one who deliberately threw away her life-and found it.

Carolyn Canfield – from the dust jacket

Misi by Rev. Oscar Michelsen

Oscar Michelsen [1844-1936]

Oscar Michelsen [1844-1936] was a Norwegian pioneer missionary in the islands of the New Hebrides (now Vanuata) in the Pacific Ocean. In this book he tells the story of his work there, which led to the transformation of the islands.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

Oscar Michelsen [1844-1936], Misi. London & Edinburgh: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, Ltd., [1934]. Hbk. pp.238. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Forword
  • Author’s Note
  • The Snowflakes
  1. Early Life in Norway
  2. Firt Efforts in Christian Service
  3. Colportage Work in Otago
  4. An Opened Door
  5. Arrival at the New Hebrides
  6. My Year at Nguna
  7. Beginning Work at Tongoa
  8. Early Converts abd Experiences
  9. Extending Influence
  10. Return to Tongoa after Furlough
  11. The Flight to Selembanga
  12. Return to Panita
  13. Some Outstanding Tongoans
  14. Road Making
  15. South East of Epi
  16. Some Incidents
  17. Visitors to Tongoa
  18. Hurricanes
  19. Farewell and Return
  20. Some Tongoan Chiefs
  21. Languages and Translations
  22. The “Dayspring”
  23. Part of a Changing World
  24. My Last Farewell to Tongoa


The venerable author of this book has asked me to write a few words of preface for it; and if I do so, it is with the most profound feeling of inadequacy for the task.

I was the junior lieutenant of H.M.S. Dart when, in 1890, we were sent to make a hydrographic survey of the Shepherd Group, New Hebrides, and of the adjacent waters-then almost unknown to mariners.

Tongoa was our headquarters for a few months while the Survey proceeded, and during that time all of us, from Captain Frederick in command down to the last rating in the ship, came to know and to love Mr. Michelsen.

He had then been for a few years working among the natives of the Group, who, before he began, were described in the Admiralty Sailing Directions as being “dangerous cannibals.” At the time of our arrival, his influence among them during even so short a period had been such that all had “taken the Book,” and had begun to be civilized people. We man-of-war’s men found that we could go fearlessly among them entirely unarmed, even far into the bush, and up the mountains of such large islands as Epi and Emae, to set up our theodolites on their summits; and that we were able to camp ( as I myself did) for weeks at a time on Tongariki, without the least fear of treacherous attack.

This state of affairs had been brought about, as I say, entirely by Oscar Michelsen; and it was through his pluck, his tact, and his personality that the way was made easy for us in the Dart to carry out our work.

It was thanks to him that the charts were easily produced which have permitted vessels of all sizes and classes to navigate those dangerous waters without fear, and thus bring about, through connection with the outside world, the condition of civilization, trade, and prosperity, to which the islanders have now reached.

I say nothing of Christianity itself, which he, first of white men, brought to this region, as I am not competent to do so, and in any case it is out of my province. But anyone, even the greatest sneerer at missionary work (and there are, unfortunately, many ignorant people who do sneer still) who visited the New Hebrides in 1890 must have been struck by the marvellous difference between the natives of the Christian and of the heathen islands-all of them men of the same race.

In the first-named, one landed among smiles, and to the outstretched hand of peace and friendship; and one found the same even in the hill villages, far inland.

In the heathen islands only a few miles distant one was met with scowls, blackened faces, and muskets; while the treacherous club was ever ready to fall from behind on the skull of any white man who should be sufficiently venturesome to move even a few hundred yards along the dark bush-track in from the beach.

All honour, then, to the pioneers of “peace, goodwill towards men” – and now let me stand aside and allow one of the most successful among them to tell the story of fifty years of this thrilling work for the good of mankind.

Vice Admiral.
September, 1934.

Pages ix-xi

History of the Free Baptist India Mission

Fornt Cover: Mrs M.M. Hutchins Hills, Reminiscences. A Brief History of the Free Baptist India Mission

This history of the Free Baptist India Mission was published by the Free Baptist Women’s Missionary Society in Boston, Massachusetts in 1886. A sizable part previously appeared in this Society’s journal, the Missionary Helper. In April 1916 in merged with two other groups (Home Mission, and Foreign Mission) to become the Woman’s Baptist Mission Society. It is therefore an important book for those studying the role of women in Christian Missions.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

Mrs M.M. Hutchins Hills, Reminiscences. A Brief History of the Free Baptist India Mission. Boston: F.B. Printing Establishment, 1886. Hbk. pp.336. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Introduction
  1. Origin of the Mission 1832-1838
  2. First Permanent Station 1838-1840
  3. Second Permanent Station 1840-1842
  4. Death and Other Changes 1842-1846
  5. Depletion and Re-enforcement 1847-1850
  6. Progress of the Mission 1850-1852
  7. Another Re-enforcement 1852-1853
  8. Mrs. Phillips’s Return 1853-1854
  9. Mr. Phillip’s Return 1854-1855
  10. Bereavements in the Mission 1855-1857
  11. The Great Indian Mutiny 1857-1862
  12. Third Permanent Station 1862-1865
  13. Re-enforcements and Santal Schools 1865-1866
  14. Famine 1866-1867
  15. Zenana Work 1867-1869
  16. Brief Survey 1870-1885


A portion of the pages of this volume was written for the Missionary Helper, organ of the Free Baptist Woman’s Missionary Society, under the heading, “Reminiscences of the Free Baptist India Mission.” An awakened interest to know something of the work of the early missionaries called for a continuance of these papers till they covered nearly twenty years. Meanwhile, requests came from India and from different sections at home that, for their permanent preservation, the papers be published together in book form. The Woman’s Board undertook the task, requesting the writer to continue her “Reminiscences” to the present time. A correspondence covering the entire life of the mission, assisted by recent India Reports, has made it possible to do this, though those relating to the later years of the mission are little else than a brief record of some of the leading events connected with the work. It was intended to present the portraits of all the early missionaries, but it was found in some cases impracticable to secure satisfactory pictures.

Page v.

Account of the Mission Tour of the Rev G.C. Grubb

Cover: Edward Candish Millard [1862-1900], What God Hath Wrought. An Account of the Mission Tour of the Rev G.C. Grubb, M.A. (1889-1890). Chiefly From the Diary Kept by E.C. Millard, One of His Companions in Ceylon, South India, Austrealia, New Zealand, Cape Colony

A collection was made at the 1899 Keswick Convention which paid for a Special Mission tour by the Rev. G.C. Grubb and three companions who travelled to Sri Lanka, South India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The purpose of the tour was to visit and encourage the missionaries serving in those countries.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain book for digitisation.

Edward Candish Millard [1862-1900], What God Hath Wrought. An Account of the Mission Tour of the Rev G.C. Grubb, M.A. (1889-1890). Chiefly From the Diary Kept by E.C. Millard, One of His Companions in Ceylon, South India, Australia, New Zealand, Cape Colony. London: E. Marlborough & Co., [1891]. Hbk. pp.382. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Preface
  1. London to Colombo
  2. Colombo anbd Districts
  3. Cotta
  4. Negombo and District
  5. Kandy
  6. Hatton and Nuwara Eliya
  7. Dimbula—Maskeliya—Bogawantalawa
  8. Kurunegala
  9. To Jaffna
  10. Pallai—Jungle—Anaradhapura—Jungle—Talawa—Dampool—Colomobo
  11. Balampitimodara—Bategama—Galle—Kaltura—Colombo
  12. Colombo Mission
  13. Tuticorin—Palamcottah
  14. Menganapuram
  15. Colombo to Australia
  16. Auckland—Wellington—Nelson
  17. Nelson—Takaka—Wakapuaka—Bellgrove—Longford—Westport
  18. Westport-—Blenheim—Napier
  19. Journey Homje—Napier to Keswick
  20. Journey to Cape of Good Hope
  21. Cape Town toWynberg
  22. Kalk Bay—Mowbray
  23. Cathedral Mission—Wellington—Port Elizabeth
  24. Robertson—Cape Town
  25. The Journey Home
  • Appendix


I gladly accede to the request of the writer of these journals that I should furnish a few prefatory lines to accompany them. They are a remarkable record of “modern miracles,” – miracles of grace in the hearts of men. I hope they may be read by many Christian people who may not find themselves entirely in sympathy with the tone and language adopted or with all the sentiments expressed, but who will thankfully recognise the hand of the Lord in the journeys taken and the ·work done. I do not envy the man who can read unmoved the chapter which narrates the incidents of the voyage from Colombo to Melbourne, with the jockeys and the theatrical troupe on board. The glimpses of the mission fields of Ceylon and Tinnevelly also are of extreme interest.

The circumstances which led to the Special Mission described in these pages are worthy of note. At the Keswick Convention of 1888, Foreign Missions were for the first time officially recognised in the programme. At the great missionary meeting on the Saturday, a slip of paper was sent up to the chairman, offering £10 towards sending out a “Keswick missionary.” No sooner was this announced than money and promises poured in from all parts of the tent, and within half an hour some hundreds of pounds were contributed. The original donor’s name did not transpire, and it was not until the Convention of the following year that he became known, and then, I believe, only to two persons, – the late Mr. Bowker and myself. He is now a C.M.S. missionary in the foreign field. Meanwhile the leaders of the Convention had resolved to use the money, and any that might be given at the subsequent yearly gatherings, in the first place, to sending evangelists to professing Christians rather than to the heathen, and thus by God’s grace to infuse fresh life into existing Missions rather than to found new ones, – this being regarded as a peculiarly appropriate work to be done under the auspices of the Keswick Convention. The first Special Mission undertaken in accordance with this design was that of the Rev. G. C. Grubb and Messrs. Campbell, Millard, and Richardson, to Ceylon, South India and New Zealand, which is the subject of the greater part of these pages.

Pages v-vi

Rusty Hinges. A Story of Closed Doors Opening in North-East Tibet

Frontispiece: Frank Doggett Learner [1886-1947], Rusty Hinges. A Story of Closed Doors Beginning to Open in North-East Tibet. A photograph of the author in Tibetan Dress

Frank Doggett Learner writes of his 22 years of service with the China Inland Mission in Tibet, noting indications of progress that have been made. My thanks to Redcliffe College for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.


Frank Doggett Learner [1886-1947], Rusty Hinges. A Story of Closed Doors Beginning to Open in North-East Tibet. London: The China Inland Mission, 1934. Hbk. pp.157. [Click to visit the download page for this title]

  • By Way of Introduction
  1. “The Western City of Peace”
  2. A General View of the Land
  3. The People of Tibet
  4. Religious Conditions
  5. Incarnate Buddhas
  6. The Lamasery of Ten Thousand Images
  7. Two Kumbum Festivals
  8. A Visit to Koko-Nor
  9. Among the Nomads
  10. The Door is Opening
  11. Firstfruits

By Way of Introduction

It has been my desire in recent times, strengthened by the request of many friends, to record some of the knowledge acquired and experiences passed through during the twenty years’ service for His Kingdom which. God has permitted me to render on the borders of Tibet.

Feeling very much my inadequacy, I venture on the task relying wholly upon God for guidance and ability, my one aim being to help create a keener missionary interest in the mysterious land of Tibet.

At the time of writing, I am sitting outside our tent on an August day at a little place among the Tibetan hills called Shang-hsin-chuang, where my wife and I have come for a few days’ rest and retreat. A panorama of beautiful country is stretched out before me, the old border wall dividing Tibet from China but a few hundred yards away.

As my eyes rest on the snow-capped mountain range, from 13,000 to 15,000 feet high, I cannot but think of the millions of Tibetans on the other side who have never heard of Jesus Christ….

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By the Equator’s Snowy Peak – Medical Mission in Kenya

E. May Crawford [1864-1927], By the Equator's Snowy Peak. A Record of Medical Missionary Work and Teavel in British East Africa

This is the story of the medical mission work carried out by E. May Crawford and her husband in British East Africa – what is today Kenya – with the Church Missionary Society (CMS) from 1904. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain book for digitisation.

E. May Crawford [1864-1927], By the Equator’s Snowy Peak. A Record of Medical Missionary Work and Travel in British East Africa, 2nd edn. London: Church Missionary Society, 1914. Hbk. pp.176. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Preface
  • Foreword
  1. Through the Bamboo Forest
  2. In the Heart of Kikuyu
  3. A Study in ‘Ebony’
  4. Where Ancient Cults Prevail
  5. The Medicine Man
  6. Across the Athi Plains
  7. Opening of the Kenya Medical Mission
  8. The Pioneers Defeated
  9. On Safari
  10. The Last Year at Kahuhia
  11. Beyond the Tana River
  12. Amongst the Embus
  13. With the Savage Chukas
  14. Out of the Jaws of Death
  15. Witnessing to Tribes Beyond
  16. Firstfruits of Harvest


To all who have at heart the evangelizing of African tribes this book will be of more than ordinary interest. It describes the widening influence of the British Empire in large tracts of the East Africa Protectorate which have been, until recent years, closed to all but intrepid explorers. It also portrays vividly, and with grace and skill, the progress of medical missionary effort, from the very difficult beginnings in the face of hostile superstitions, to the days when the authoress and her husband were overwhelmed by the demands made upon each day of their lives by the crowds of eager patients, whose confidence they had won by their devotion and manifested kindness, as also by God’s blessing resting on the doctor’s successful treatment of the sick, and of those who had need of surgical aid.
The grand highlands of Kenia Province have now established in their hills and vales several mission stations and districts of the Church Missionary Society…

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Darjeeling Disaster – Triumph of the Six Lee Children

Fornt cover: Ada Lee [1856-1948], The Darjeeling Disaster. Its Bright Side. The Triumph of the Six Lee Children

The Rev. D.H. & Ada Lee were missionaries in Darjeeling, India, together with their seven children. After five of her children were killed when a landslide swept away their house and a sixth died a few days later from tetanus, Ada Lee wrote this account of their short lives. Her intention was to provide solace for other Christian parents who had also lost children.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Ada Lee [1856-1948], The Darjeeling Disaster. Its Bright Side. The Triumph of the Six Lee Children. Calcutta: Evangelical Literature Depot, n.d. Pbk. pp.162. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Foreword
  1. Introduction
  2. Vida Maud
  3. Lois Gertrude
  4. Wilbur David
  5. Herbert Wilson
  6. Ada Eunice
  7. Esther Dennett
  8. The Children’s Letters
  9. Jessudar, The Bengali Girl
  10. Wilbur’s Story
  11. Conclusion


I esteem it a personal privilege to call the attention of the reading public to “The Darjeeling Disaster: Its Bright Side,” a book telling the story of -the greatest tragedy in the life of any missionary family in all the history of Missions. This book has passed through many editions before this one. I desire to express my abiding conviction that it would be of great benefit to have this book placed in the Sunday School libraries of the Christian world and read in every home. It contains a story more thrilling than fiction, but it is not fiction. It is the story of the Christian living and marvellously triumphant translation of real children. I knew them well and loved them dearly. It sets forth an ideal Christian home, in which there were active vigorous boys and girls, and earnest’ Christian parents’. The story of this family presents a standard of Christian living for both parents and children. I have known lively boys and girls to read and re-read this hook until the pages were worn and soiled, with the result that their lives were transformed.

The book will tell its own story. But I wish in this introductory note, to tell a comforting part of the story, not contained in the book, and not generally known….

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